Teams Compete in Park County Fair Ranch Rodeo for an Invitation to the NILE.
Powell, WY— This Thursday ten teams from Northern Wyoming area ranches compete in the Park County Fair Ranch Rodeo at 5 p.m.

Each team is made up of four people and try to get the fastest time in each event. Horseback and equipped with ropes they compete in branding, sort and doctoring, trailer loading, and finish out with wild cow milking.

" We absolutely love working with the Park County Fair Board! The fair board has added a new concession stand, a new beer wagon, more seating, a concert and dance that will take place in the arena after the rodeo." commented Christen Cornett-Grant, ranch rodeo organizer and competitor (Cowboy Relief team).

The Park County Fair partnered with the NILE for the first time this year. The winner from this Ranch Rodeo gets invited to the Farstad Oil Ranch Rodeo Finals this October in Billings, Montana.

Calcutta and grand entry start the evening off at 5 p.m. in the Horse Events Arena at the Park County Fairgrounds in Powell, Wyoming.

The ten teams vying for first place are: 41 Spear, Dryhead Ranch,The Buttons, Rock Creek Ranch, Bear Creek Unit, Circle Wave Ranch, Lazy J 3 Quarter Horses, Hooks Ranch, Cowboy Relief, and Pryor Mountain Ranch. All team members must rope and take part in every event.

The Buttons are o ne team to watch and may be favorites for winning the whole thing. Three of the four members don't have their driver's license. Not because they're inept, but because they're underage. Tucker Hatch, 15, Jasper Hatch, 12, and Chance Hatch, 10, are entered in their second ranch rodeo ever this weekend.

Last weekend in Meeteeste, Wyoming these boys, along with Chris Hatch were one of only two teams to get a time in all seven events. They ended up in second place and hope to move up to first place in Powell this weekend.

"They have been working hard," said Cornett-Grant, "and the fifteen year old put on a heck of a bronc ride too!"
Winners take home money as well as champion buckles. One outstanding horse and one handy contestant will be crowned Top Horse and Top Hand--taking home one of a kind stirrups.

In the middle of ranch rodeo is the inaugural kids' Wild Goat Roping. Ages twelve and under make up each three person team. Goats will all be in the arena, each goat will have a colored ribbon on them. The teams will be given a color to pick from. The teams will all compete at the same time. The kids will rope the goat (catch as catch can) and take ribbon off! The kids will then take ropes off and run BOTH the ropes and the ribbon to the judges. Fastest times win! No horses. All kids are NOT required to rope but someone on the team has to rope. One kid or all three kids can rope.

After the team events there's one individual event with ten ladies in the steer stopping. Following the Ranch Rodeo is a concert and dance. Music is by the Rewinders.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Park County Fair Ranch Rodeo go to
The winning team from the Park County Fair Ranch Rodeo will compete at the  Farstad Oil Ranch Rodeo Finals at the NILE  Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. in Billings, Montana. The NILE is proud to have the Park County Fair Ranch Rodeo as one of the sanctioning partners. 
The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) is a non-profit organization 501(c)5 established in 1967 that is dedicated to preserving and embracing the Western lifestyle through the promotion of livestock, agriculture education, and respect of the western tradition. Billings, Montana.
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